Pinoy Movie Watch: February 2018

This February, there’s a variety of Pinoy wide film releases that are sure to touch your heart and tickle your senses. Yes, even Buy Bust!

Changing Partners (January 31)
Starring Agot Isidro, Jojit Lorenzo, Sandino Martin, and Anna Luna
Directed by Dan Villegas
Cinema One Originals

Alex and Cris are a couple on the verge of breaking up.

My take: This might seem like a very simple premise, but the movie is much more than that. It’s a musical. It’s based on a play. It’s a gender-bender. It’s something you’ve never seen before. As I mentioned in my review of the film, it’s possibly the most important queer film to come out in recent years.

Meet Me In St. Gallen (February 7)
Starring Bela Padilla and Carlo Aquino
Directed by Irene Villamor
Spring Films, Viva Films

Celeste and Jesse meet at their lowest points then reunite a couple of years later.

My take: Though it looks to be another hugot film, it’s from the director of Camp Sawi, which makes it very exciting. The talented Carlo Aquino returns to film after a long hiatus. Plus you can’t go wrong with Bela Padilla, who makes even the most despicable characters (read: Stella in 100 Tula Para Kay Stella) tolerable.

My Fairy Tail Love Story (February 14)
Starring Janella Salvador and Elmo Magalona
Directed by Perci Intalan

A girl turns into a mermaid and searches for true love’s kiss to break the spell.

My take: The story’s a bit cliche, but the musical approach is definitely a highlight. Janella Salvador is perennially watchable, and she is in her element here. Perci Intalan has directed the underrated #ParangNormalActivity, so expect a bit of dark humor in the mix!

Buy Bust (February 28)
Starring Anne Curtis
Directed by Erik Matti
Reality Entertainment, Viva Films

A special forces team gets betrayed and trapped inside a drug den.

My take: While this is the only non-romance film for February, I’m not complaining! The film gives off an Honor Thy Father vibe, and I’m prepared to take the ride. And there’s Anne Curtis in arguably her most challenging role to date: gritty, serious, intense.

Are you a fan of musicals? Of Bela Padilla, Anne Curtis, or ElNella? How about Erik Matti? What excites you the most about these films? Sound off in the comments section below.

Image credits: ScreenAnarchy, ClickTheCity, Notey, ABS CBN Lifestyle

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